Album Review: Bloc Party - Intimacy Remixed

Lukas Clark-Memler

Lukas likes to write about music. He is vaguely respected as a critic. His musings have found their way into a wide range of international magazines and a variety of credible websites. He is music editor here at Get Frank, and hates having an empty inbox, so drop him a line with any questions or comments at lukas@getfrank.co.nz

 

Bloc Party – An English band credited with revolutionising the ‘alternative dance’ movement.

Intimacy – The Band’s opus album, critically acclaimed and a commercial success. 

Remix - A new or modified audio recording.

Add all three together, and you have one hell of a listening experience! 


Bloc Party seem to be boldly devoted to the rather difficult endeavour of merging the guitar heavy sounds of modern post-punk and the futuristic sounds of the London rave scene. So, in that way, a remix album is quite surely the logical conclusion to the bands earlier flirtations with electronic music.

Some critics and purists will claim that this is a simply an attempt to reuse old material for commercial gain; however let it be known that the remixes found on this album are without exception of an extremely high calibre. From stripped-down edgy darkness, to pulsating bass lines, to almost euphoric triumph: It truly is an ideal melding of man and (drum) machine.          

It’s the complete smooth and streamlined flow of the album, a rather subtle manoeuvring through a range of dance-based styles, which makes Intimacy Remixed a success. Like most critically acclaimed dance-based albums, the over-all whole is substantially better than the individual parts. For all its distortion, synth beats and drum-loops, the feeling that this is a Bloc Party album rarely dissipates, and the sense of utter dance-floor elation never stops growing.

7/10

 

 

 
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  • Levy says
    I somewhat agree with the review... smoothe transitions through tracks makes for a good dance album, though this particular album might present itself as just yet another commercial stint. That said, a few diehards might pick up on the slight variations in the mix, and continue to rock on, leaving themselves feeling a little "Ink-Coherent" after a while... Definitely worth a listen to. would be good over the upcoming festive summer season ;)
  • Millie says
    Can't wait to give this album a listen - thanks for such a straight up review!

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